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40th anniversary of Minnesota UFO encounter


Posted on Sunday, 1 September, 2019 | Comment icon 78 comments

What really happened to Johnson that night in 1979 ? Image Credit: (PD)
Four decades ago, Marshall County Deputy Val Johnson had a chilling encounter with an unidentified object.
In the early hours of August 27th, 1979, Johnson had been patrolling a stretch of highway around 20 miles from Warren when he observed an abnormally bright light hovering above the road.

After reporting the phenomenon to Marshall County dispatcher Pete Bauer, he witnessed the light moving towards him until it was directly overhead, at which point he lost consciousness.

When he awoke 30 minutes later, he had burns around his eyes and his patrol car had suffered significant damage including a smashed headlight and a shattered windscreen.

The two antennae were bent in different directions and the clock on the dashboard had stopped.

A doctor who examined Johnson after the incident compared his burns to "welder's burns."

"He said 'I don't know what happened. Something hit me,'" said Bauer.

"Those people who would doubt, you can't doubt this."

To this day, no conclusive explanation for what happened that night has ever been found.


Source: Grandforks Herald | Comments (78)

Tags: Val Johnson, UFO

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #69 Posted by stereologist on 13 September, 2019, 15:16
Here is what was also in the link and NOT quoted: Roland Wardell described his interest in UFOs as "casual". The idea of speculation was rampant at the time. http://www.startribune.com/ufo-or-no-forty-years-later-a-minnesota-town-still-wonders/558012492/  
Comment icon #70 Posted by IronGhost on 13 September, 2019, 17:08
I found another interesting addendum to the Val Johnson story. Val encountered the car-ramming orb on August 27, 1979. The day before, August 26, 1979, a guy by the name of Milt Maki was working with the Border Patrol in International Falls, Minnesota. (He later became a special contractor for the FBI and  the Department of Defense). He and a fellow border patrol official were driving on Highway 11 west of International Falls, which is about 180 - 190 miles from “ground zero” of the Val Johnson incident. Looking out the window of there car, they saw cruising above the Minnesota countryside a “... [More]
Comment icon #71 Posted by stereologist on 13 September, 2019, 17:18
So far there is nothing really compelling about this story. Sounds to me more like an incident in which someone crashed their car and made up an excuse which turned out to be a unique one. I guess other people will have to use BF or chupacabra as their memorable excuse. None of the so-called experts could present anything unusual. I still think that the clock/watch difference is nothing more than a car problem from a crash which caused the person to change their watch to match the car's time. The fact that there are other UFO reports in the area means it is a normal place.  You expect that to ... [More]
Comment icon #72 Posted by the13bats on 13 September, 2019, 18:29
is scandals mag like a national inquirier? so ironghost, since you are so very savvy on val johnson and i would hope that you agree a persons  credibility and intregrity are paramount in a case like this, lets discuse his getting fired for some funding issue, seems it ruined his carreer in law enforcement, can you please give the details ( unbiased ) you have on this as a professinal ( self roclaimed ) i would expect you researched it very well.    
Comment icon #73 Posted by IronGhost on 14 September, 2019, 0:56
I can tell you this: The “funding dispute” associated with Val Johnson is a “Nothing Burger.” Keep in mind this is almost 40 years ago, so I think pretty much everyone’s memory on this is hazy, but again, it was nothing much to begin with. What I know about it personally comes from this source – Val Johnson’s mother-in-law, admittedly a sympathetic source. As I said before, my mother and Val Johnson’s mother-in-law were next door neighbors. Val’s mother-in-law’s name was Daisy, and I’ll omit her last name since a lot of this family lives in my hometown and I don’t see why I should drag their n... [More]
Comment icon #74 Posted by the13bats on 14 September, 2019, 3:12
this case is something of a nithing burger, so a major point of credibility and intregrity and as a professinal you basically did almost zero to investagate it, im not surprised at all, so you say you asked a very biased source got an expected sugar coated reply and seems you further embelished what she allegedly told you into your own agenda biased thoughts, while it sounds like what you called it, sympathetic,  thankless job? no, he was paid, the butt kissing thanks doesnt come with lots of jobs, i dont buy for one moment johnson was some good old andy tailor trying to get barney more guns a... [More]
Comment icon #75 Posted by stereologist on 14 September, 2019, 4:29
So the hero of the story is less than a hero. What appears to be something turns out to  be nothing. The hero of this tale is now being recast as a robin hood sort of person. That seems to me like an effort to protect their odd tale of how they smashed their car.
Comment icon #76 Posted by Earl.Of.Trumps on 21 September, 2019, 21:59
Firstly, IronGhost, thanks for the enjoyable stories. I really liked them. If you find your way to writing that book, please PM me.  And what do you think it is that makes your region Orb Central?  Quite peculiar but deliciously interesting.
Comment icon #77 Posted by IronGhost on 22 September, 2019, 0:13
Thanks, Earl of T ... I have one more addendum coming up to the Val Johnson event, and it's HUGE. I've got the story of a guy who encountered what seems to be the same object and he engaged in a high speed chase with it in almost the same location in which Val had his encounter, and near the same time. He's a very reliable witness, a lifer in the U.S. Army, Military Police and helicopter pilot. It's a longish story I'm writing up and hope to have it early next week. This encounter adds tremendous credibility to Val's story. Taken all together, it is possible there's enough for a book-length do... [More]
Comment icon #78 Posted by the13bats on 22 September, 2019, 0:40
ooooh...i get it, this was all to promote and sell a book, clever, very clever.


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